In the Austin Texas Whole Foods, I discovered PB2, a powdered peanut butter that has 85% less fat than regular peanut butter. I am a huge nut-butter-lover, in all it’s fatty oily glory, but this is a good alternative for smoothies and oatmeal, since it keeps the calorie count down and is frankly just easier to add into the blender than regular, sticky peanut butter. Monday morning’s smoothie consisted of:
Estimated calories: 200. A few quick nutritional notes:
Bee pollen (I picked mine up this weekend at the Spa City Farmer’s Market) is a “complete food,” since it contains vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, lipids, and protein. As the guy at the market told us, if you could collect enough of it, you could survive solely on bee pollen. It’s also low on calories- 1 tsp. has only 15
Coconut palm sugar is super low on the glycemic index, is high in nutrients and has 16 vital amino acids.
Once I arrived at work, I drank two cups of iced green tea that I’d made at home with organic match green tea powder, coconut palm sugar with stevia and lemon juice. It was a very groggy Monday morning for me, so this was necessary!
Estimated calories: 15
Around 11:00 a.m. I was already hungry, so I had a small pack of Pretzel Crisps, leftover from when they came to our office – I also won three months of free Pretzel Crisps that week, so much more on that later! This pack is very tiny, only 14 grams (that’s half an ounce!) and 50 calories. It’s just enough to satisfy a snack craving.
Estimated calories: 50
Lunch today was a salad from Chipotle. I usually don’t load up my salads there, but today I was pretty hungry so I had them add chicken, sautéed fajita veggies (bell peppers and onions), tomato salsa, cheese, black beans and guacamole. I don’t like their salad dressing, so I just use Tabasco’s Chipotle hot sauce, but today they were almost out! I had to use some of the green jalapeño sauce as well.
Estimated calories: 650